Julianne Hough treats working out like it’s a health-must, like brushing your teeth

Redbook Feb 2018 Cover_NS

I’ve been surprised by how much I like Julianne Hough these days. I used to really dislike her when she was with Ryan Seacrest and when she was trying to become the next big thing as an actress. She settled down quite a bit – she married a hot hockey player, and she’s been more low-key in general the past few years. She’s getting ready to play “fitness pioneer” Betty Weider in Bigger, and Julianne covers the February issue of Redbook – you can see the full piece here. Some highlights:

Julianne’s secret relationship tip: “We actually have a code phrase that we use. It’s “same team.” So if one of us feels we need to have a “conversation,” we preface it with that. Like: “Hey, ‘same team.’ I love you, but you hurt my feelings.” So the other person goes into it with an open mind, versus being immediately defensive. And we celebrate every little victory. Sometimes we’ll have a special date night, and other times we’ll toast over dinner at home.”

On getting her body ready for her next role, fitness pioneer Betty Weider (who had an 18-inch waist) in the film Bigger: “Women in that era had bigger hips and bigger busts. I don’t naturally have that hourglass shape—I’m more elongated and square, to be honest. Basically, I cut down on my cardio and was lifting a lot of weights. And if I wanted an extra bit of ice cream that day, I would eat it and it would go right to my hips. I was FaceTiming with [my husband] Brooks this morning, and I was like, “Look. My butt’s bigger, my boobs are bigger, my waist is smaller.” It’s kind of nice!”

On being more self-accepting now than ever before: “I was very self-accepting growing up, then something switched in middle school. I would compare myself to everyone…and later I did a film where I basically was told I was fat every day, yet I was the skinniest I’d ever been. Now, when I’m self-conscious, I’ll do something completely crazy or goofy to get out of my own head—something fun that reminds me of the freedom I felt as a kid before all that happened.”

On bonding with friends over the good, not the bad:
“I’ve even told some of my close girlfriends that the next time we get together, I don’t want to hear anything negative. I want us to build our relationships around positive things. I’m not saying that we can’t vent to each other, but friends need to support each other through good things in life too.”

On staying motivated to hit the gym: “You don’t squeeze brushing your teeth or taking a shower into your schedule ‘if you have time.’ I try to treat working out like it’s the same kind of health must… [Also] I find it difficult to do the same thing all the time. It’s like, Kill me now. I need a class where there are people and music. Atmosphere is huge.”

[From Redbook]

When I’m covering these actresses and models talking about their workouts, I’m often left feeling like I’m the weirdest person in the world for NOT enjoying crowded atmospheres in gyms, or NOT taking classes and having to talk to people. I’m sweaty, I’m listening to my own music, I’m in my own little zone and that’s how I want it – I wouldn’t be able to work out if my only options were taking classes and listening to the same music and having to interact with people. I do like what she says about “same team” – that’s a nice technique, almost like it’s the emotional “safe word” for her relationship. Like, same team but you need to stop being such an insensitive douchebag, mmkay?

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Photos courtesy of Hudson Taylor for Redbook.

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  1. Chaine says:

    It’s a good attitude. Regular, well-rounded exercise can be tedious, but ya gotta do it… even if you’re naturally slim, it’s healthy for bones, heart, etc. as we age.

  2. Anastasia says:

    I love the “same team” thing. That’s awesome.

  3. Jeezelouisie says:

    Bing a Brit, I don’t really know much about her but she seems pretty grounded. Those pictures are gorgeous.

  4. Esmom says:

    That’s how I’ve come to look at working out, too. Honestly I do feel like I’ve missed something important like brushing my teeth when I don’t get in a workout. It’s essential to my mental well being more than anything.

    Is i me or does she resemble Jennifer Aniston a bit?

  5. Lilith says:

    All I ever wanted was my own gym in my own imaginary huge house. I’d work out so happily and regularly! No more sleaze bags, stinky people or gym germs. Bliss.

  6. Flk says:

    Exercise is like brushing teeth. If you don’t wanna start falling apart in your 50s, it needs to be. Yes, we all become weaker and stiffer in old age but people in the West lose their strength and flexibility much sooner than those in developing countries who actually use their bodies instead of driving them places. Not to mention what lack of exercise does to our mind. We are supposed to move.

    I just read read a post by a yoga teacher describing how young people in the West with hips tight from sitting in chairs and on couches all day do “squat challenges” where they measure how long they can remain in a squatted position… same position you see grannies chilling in in developing countries. Same position half the word assumes to use the toilet.

  7. Veronica says:

    I mean, it unfortunately kind of is? Especially if you don’t work a job that involves a decent amount of activity and manual labor and live in a country with food excess (read: most industrialized nations). Aerobic fitness and muscular strength have to be maintained through routine.

    This being said, it does absolutely take time set aside and a decent diet to do it. That’s part of why obesity is so rampant in poor and working classes – food insecurity (especially GOOD food) and demanding work schedules. I work two jobs, and I sometimes find myself up until 12 in the morning getting that aerobic exercise in. I can’t imagine how difficult it would be with children to care for or if I had significant mobility issues.

  8. HoustonGrl says:

    You know…there are a lot of conflicting messages about the “right” work out regimen. I talked to a doctor once who actually told me that many people these days are over exercising (five plus days per week). She is obviously exercising all the time, she has a knock out body, but she’s not exercising for “health” per se. She’s exercising to stay thin by Hollywood standards, which is why I don’t buy off on her “health-must” thing.

    • Harryg says:


    • BorderMollie says:

      And working out can leave you mega hungry. You have to be careful how you approach it. Also, consider taking a walk in the lovely woods and appreciating nature instead of intense cardio or something. Working out is as much about mental as physical heath, after all.

    • Elle says:

      There are various kinds of workouts. Some workouts are perfectly fine 7 days a week: pilates, for example. I’m often shocked how many medical professionals aren’t fit themselves.

    • Lara says:

      Where does overexercising starts?
      I was wondering because I was recently told you should not exercise everyday and always thought moving daily is the natural thing for your body.
      I cycle 20km to work and 20km back each day and running 3 days a week + hiking on the weekends and my old doctor told me that´s perfect. Now my new GP says more than 5 days is too much.

  9. mela says:

    i like her, she is tiny but she is athletic. you don’t get a shape like hers by eating lettuce and blow and cigarettes.

    Obviously she is on the smaller side but she is an athlete so I appreciate her advice. She is extremely disciplined and I think she looks healthy.

  10. Harryg says:

    People seem to have this belief they need an enormous amount of exercise. If you take your bike to work, or if your job is something that keeps you moving around, you don’t really need gym sessions (unless you want to). Stretching and a few hand weight reps at home are enough.
    Of course if you sit all day you should add extra cardio.

  11. SM says:

    Oh no, for me taking classes is the only way to force myself to work it. If I am in a gym working out on my own I get lazy and skip steps I really do not like doing. I also sort of get what she is saying, treating working out like a part of our routine. My husband plays tennis, surfs or snowboards. He enjoys his sports, I just force my self to do that for health benefits and in order to tighten up my ass

  12. raincoaster says:

    I find her irritatingly chirpy, but she’s not really an actress/model. She’s a dancer, a professional athlete, so going to the gym is an absolutely necessary part of her day, same as going to work is for most people. It’s work, so she works it. I respect her for that; you cannot move that way if you don’t practice every day.

  13. katie3 says:

    Can’t believe she’s 29! Seems like yesterday I was reading about a teenager…

  14. paranormalgirl says:

    That’s how I look at working out, too. Exercise is part of the routine.